Brooklyn Art Library Est. 2016

Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States

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Brooklyn Art Library is home to the largest collection of artist sketchbooks in the world.
White painted brick, high ceilings, and black exposed beams give the library a hip industrial ambience that pairs well with the warmth and personality of the rows upon rows of sketchbooks.
The Lowdown
Type
Art Gallery
Library
Loft / Warehouse Building
Museum
Views
No View
Style
Eclectic
Modern
Urban
Vintage
Whimsical
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Brooklyn Art Library's brand new location is unlike any other venue. Home to the largest collection of artist sketchbooks in the world, our walls are lined with white shelves that hold over 35,000 handmade sketchbooks created by artists and designers from around the world. The library is a platform for artists to share their sketchbooks in an innovative and unconventional way, and a community space at the center of the Williamsburg art scene. The rows of shelves provide a distinctive aesthetic and inviting atmosphere perfect for engagement pictures, wedding showers, ceremonies, and receptions. Natural light floods the space, located on a quiet street just blocks from the subway and McCarren Park.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
70
Buffet
90
Standing
125
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2016
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
We have 2 onsite rooms available for rent during events. A private room for the caterer with sink and fridge and a pack room for wedding storage and preparation. 
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Inside Scoop

At our core, Brooklyn Art Library is a community space where a diverse network of creatives come together.  We look forward to working with you to highlight your upcoming event within our unique space!

Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

Located on a quiet street in the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Art Library is home to the largest collection of artist sketchbooks in the world. Towering white shelves line the white walls of the library, holding over 35,000 sketchbooks individually doodled by students, freelance creatives, and professional artists from more than 130 countries. The arrangement of colorful sketchbooks creates a distinctive pattern and artistic aesthetic unique to our venue, serving as an ideal backdrop for parties, weddings, photo/film shoots, corporate retreats, workshops, and more.

Design:

White painted brick, high ceilings, and black exposed beams give the library a hip industrial ambience that pairs well with the warmth and personality of the rows upon rows of sketchbooks. Brooklyn Art Library's storefront is made up entirely of windows, flooding the space with natural light and giving the space a bright and airy feel. Overhead track lighting illuminates the space on cloudy days and evenings, giving the space a moody and gallery-like ambience.

Standout Venue Features:
Our library of artist books is truly one-of-a-kind, and is the largest crowd-sourced collection of sketchbooks in the world. We're excited to work with clients to utilize the collection in creative ways for your event, from curated collections to custom displays of artist prints.
Extra Perks:
Brooklyn Art Library has 1200 sq. ft. of usable space, 14 ft. ceilings, and roll-up double door access for load-in. We have an assortment of 40 chairs available, including vintage wooden folding chairs and modern white bucket chairs. Speakers, garment racks, and string lights (hung from tops of shelves) also available for use. Located in the growing and vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Art Library is easily accessible via the L train.
Awards & Notables PRESS:
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal
The New Yorker
Bedford and Bowery
The Huffington Post
NyMag

MOVIES:
The Big Sick

TV: 
​Mysteries at the Museum 
Celebration Locations
Reading Room:
The heart of Brooklyn Art Library, where all 35,000 sketchbooks are housed and on view.
- View: White exposed brick, high ceilings, natural + track lighting, industrial cement floors.
- Max Capacity: 115
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
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